‘When life gives you lemons…’, we all have heard this proverb but what good things can lemons do?
Abundant citric acid is found in lemons but it is also made by our bodies as we convert nutrients to energy thru chemical reactions. While lemon juice has no nutritional value it does serve as a safe and practical disinfectant. Lemon juice and sunlight is well know to disinfect water by making the DNA of E. coli unable to reproduce. A study from the German Cancer Research Center scientists by chance building on a US study recently showed that citric acid might prevent the highly contagious norovirus from infecting humans. The norovirus is known to cause severe gastrointestinal infections.